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Mark O. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1008) interviewed by Allen M. Siegel and Chaya Roth

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1008

Videotape testimony of Mark O., who was born in Lwów, Poland on July 8, 1941. He relates his parents' stories of German occupation; his premature birth after his mother was beaten by Ukrainians; his father insisting upon a ritual circumcision despite the danger; his family fleeing to Turka in fall 1941; assistance from a German friend; traveling to Lublin with his mother with assistance from a Pole; and moving to Mielec with his parents who had false papers. Mr. O. describes his own memories of an isolated life in an apartment; numerous restrictions; his uncle hiding under the bed; liberation by Soviet troops; their move to Lublin; attending Polish school; learning he was Jewish when he repeated antisemitic remarks to his parents; living in a displaced persons camp near Prague, then in Munich; attending German and Jewish schools; his brother's birth; and their emigration to Israel, then to the United States in 1956. He discusses his sense of loneliness and darkness resulting from the war years; his parents' refusal to discuss this time with him; working with Holocaust survivors as a clinical psychologist; and his son's death at age seventeen which was reminiscent of the Holocaust for his family.

O., Mark, 1941-
Wilmette, Ill. : Holocaust Education Foundation, 1987
Interview Date
November 22, 1987.
2 copies: 3/4 in. master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
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Mark O. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1008). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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